This is my first build and my personal build. Not pictured is the HDD (WD Caviar Black) and the GPU.
Any comments or suggestions would be great.
Fairly decent job with the build.
Cable management could use a little work.
My parts critique -
1,000w is only needed if you were planning to do a 3 GPU high end system. That extra money could have upgraded your GPU out of the 660 / ti range which is a very limited card when compared to what the 7950 or even more powerful 670 can do. A 750w quality powersupply is far more than enough to run SLI 670s and overclock both cards plus the CPU.
Here is some information on the limitions of the 660 ti ( and yes they are a big deal when compared to similar priced competing cards ):
Aside from that I'm sure your build runs great, and happy gaming or what ever else it is you do with this machine.
I honestly don't blame him for the cable management. I have that case and it is a ***** to make it look neat in there. It doesn't have grommets or even holes at least. It just has a giant open bar, which is sufficient for getting cables out of the way of airflow, but it still won't look good unless you sit there for three or four hours.
indeed, and completely understand that. looks like a job for a big bag of zip ties ;)
Believe me, I know lol. I really regret going with that case instead of the similarly priced Haf XM or the Corsair Vengeance C70.
Yeah, I got the 1000w for $140 so it was a good deal at the time. I had been jumping around on the GPU for a long time, hence why it wasn't in the original pictures. I finally just pulled the trigger on it.
The case is good for cable management in some aspects and sucks in the rest. I need to clean it up though. I need to spin the back fan and straighten out the rest. Even the zip ties became an issue after a while.
Thanks for the advice though. I think I will be going the 7950 or AMD way in the future if some of the benchmark tests I have seen continue.
Hey, its not perfect but its way better than a $1300 OEM tower!
Your build is ok, and IamApropos has said all I would say... But I would just like to make it clear so users on this site will stop saying the wrong things-a GPU is the actual Graphics Processing Unit, just like a CPU except it is more of a workhorse and only works on graphics. A GTX 660 would be a GPU, a Graphics card is different because it is the PCB, Cooling System, and GPU. It isn't really that big of an issue, but you should know this in case you ever get into a technical conversation.
nice build however, I would have gone with a samsung 830 256 gb its $10 cheaper and performs better. (I believe) Also I would have gone with a 750 watt psu for $100 and upgraded the 660ti to a 670. :)
I got that SSD for about $160 but even still, next time I will probably go for the Samsung 840 or 840 Pro regardless. I missed out on that. Next time.
A 1000w psu for a 660ti?
It was on sale. I had a SeaSonic 650w Gold at first but I got the 1000w CM Gold for the same price.
Overkill on PSU but everything else OK
Cable management bro. Take good use of it with this acse. It aint that hard.
I would just say work on your cable management other than that it's a nice build.
For the prive I think you could've gotten a few better parts but this is still great! How's it runnin for ya so far?
Awesome. $1800 World of Tanks machine.
now that is hilarious!
Highly overkill PSU and poor choice of peripherals. Rather poor for the $1900 price tag.
Maybe look over the build first.
300 dollar monitor.
180 dollar keyboard + mouse.
Windows OS included.
Check your **** before you comment. Good day.
The $500 spent on peripherals is much better to be used in the tower.
Maybe he doesn't need the extra 500 dollars in the tower. Did you think of that?
What are poor choices to you might be ideal peripherals to him, peripherals are all personal preference.
well I tend to agree, seeing a $1900 build with a single 660 ti >_< Though keyboard, mice, and monitor are subjective. Take those things out that is still a $1400 tower with a very limited performing graphics card (compared to competition), slow SSD, and a Power supply that should run 3 graphics cards let alone 2. You wouldn't want to SLI a 660 Ti with its limitations so it makes it kind of a waste of money to have spent so much on a powersupply which the extra money could have upgraded the 660 ti.. The balance in choices seems to be random and I'd only assume the builder got a good deal on the 1000w PSU to be optimistic.
Well when you take out the price of the peripherals and the monitor and OS it ends up as a $1300 build so the 660 ti isn't that unreasonable.
Yet a $1300 build if done correctly would fit a better card.
True but a 660 ti in a $1300 system isn't as bad as one in a $1900 system.
The 660ti isn't that limited of a card and already runs demanding games [Bf3, crysis etc] on their highest setting well above [or sometimes just above] 60 fps. The power supply is extremely overkill, as you could probably run quad 680's on it [though that might be pushing it]. The build would have been a fine well balance build if they had just spent a little less on the power supply.
I've personally tested 5 different 660 Ti's compared to 670s, 680s 7950s and 7970s the 660 TI is VERY limited compared to the 7950 in the simple fact that if you turn up some graphics settings the card chokes and is only good in very selective settings and with only a 1920x1080p or less monitor. Competition card does not have these limitations and for the most part runs better in the majority of popular games compared to the 660 ti.
The 660 ti isn't that limited. My 660 ti (I might have a golden card) overclocks to 1368mhz on the core and 3379mhz on the memory, beating most 670s even when overclocked. Do you think I just got lucky and have a golden card or what?
My point exactly. Why spend the money on a 27" monitor at the expense of a graphics card that can actually run the games.
without having to turn off or down settings, you might add. Cause the card can "run" them just not compared to a 7950 or (if the extra money spent on the un needed over large psu was put into the GPU) a 670. Don't need to turn down settings with either of those two cards to get the max performance.
Also, we can make the assumption that he already HAD the monitor, given the fact that it's not in the image. So, the computer's cost after taking away keyboard, mouse, monitor, and OS is a little under 1300. Also, I want to stress the fact that it's his money, he can do with it whatever he pleases. It's obvious that he choose quality parts, and if he like them as well, then who are you to call his build 'rather poor?'
My point was that he spent a lot of money on peripherals and I advise getting a better computer rather than blowing over a fourth of your budget on non core components.
I understand what you're saying, however, wht igf he doesn't need the extra power a 670 or anything would give him? What if it's for some light gaming?
Future-proofing. Now personally, I would argue that you can't truly future proof as technology is constantly adapting and evolving however, the point is clear. Maybe the light gaming he does now will require more intense GPU power than SLI 660Tis will give him. When it comes down to it, this build is quite unbalanced, but what's done is done and there is no point arguing about it. If you want to help the submitter, make a constructive comment, not one that could lead to arguments. This is directed at everyone in this build's comments section. Take Apropos' stance and state facts, not opinions. That's how you help. /endrant